Decline Of Producers And Rise Of Actors

Amitabh Bachchan Laid The Foundation Of Actors Turning Producers – Part 3

In the 1992 after Khuda Gawah, Amitabh Bachchan took a self-imposed retirement from Bollywood due to lack of good scripts and competent roles. During this period many producers tried to entice him with whopping remuneration to make a comeback but Bachchan declined. Finally, in 1996, Bachchan made a comeback with his ambitious Film Production Company Amitabh Bachchan Corp. Ltd (ABCL).…

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Decline Of Producers And Rise Of Actors

The Era When Producers Ruled Cinema – Part 2

Film making may be a director’s craft and a film star’s glitz to pull in the audience into cinema halls but without a sensible ‘producer’ a film cannot be imagined. Hence producers dominated filmmaking in the past. The glorious Prabhat Films founded by actor/director V Shantaram laid the foundation of filmmaking in India in 1929. Prabhat Films made several thought-provoking…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Ashok Kumar’s ‘Kismet’ – India’s First Film To Run For 3 Years In A Single Cinema Hall

Kismet (1943) was Bombay Talkies‘ biggest blockbuster that broke all box-office records and runs to packed houses for uninterrupted 3 years at Roxy Theatre in Kolkata!  The film introduced the lost and found drama which later became a favorite of Bollywood and it minted gold in the ’70s with films like Waqt (1965), Yaadon ki Baraat (1973), Fakira (1976), Amar…

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Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Ashok Kumar Is The First Star Of Indian Cinema

In the ’30s when Indian Cinema was in its cradle Bombay Talkies brought a revolution in Hindi cinema changing its content, style, and grammar of filmmaking. The huge success of Bombay Talkies‘ second film Achhut Kanya (1936) established it lead actor Ashok Kumar as the loveable heartthrob of cine-buffs. Soon Ashok Kumar delivered a series of super hit films like…

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QUALIFIED ACTORS IN BOLLYWOOD

Balraj Sahni Was A English Professor At Rabindranath Tagore’s Shantiniketan – Part 1

Educational qualification is the primary requirement of any profession. In fact, in government jobs in India, graduation has become the minimum qualification for acquiring even a post of a peon! However, Bollywood is perhaps one of the few professions across the world that requires partially no educational qualification.  More than the degrees, Bollywood appreciates your passion for acting and have…

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BACKGROUND STUDY OF DOUBLE ROLE IN OUR INDUSTRY, Movies

Double Roles Had A New Formula – Part 2

Bombay Talkies Kismet film popularized double role The movie that made double role a permanent feature in commercial Bollywood film was Kismet (1943). Filmmaker Gyan Mukherjee of Bombay Talkies introduced a unique experimentation of lost and found of identical brothers. The lost and found formula was a big hit in the 60 and 70’s. Remember hit films like Waqt (1965),…

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